People Management Awards 2015


The winners of the 2015 CIPD People Management Awards were announced on Tuesday 29 September at the glamorous Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The Awards are delivered in partnership with People Management Magazine. They are the most prestigious in the industry, recognising outstanding and innovative achievements in people management and development.

Congratulations go out to the Irish winnners. Bord Gáis Energy won HR/L&D team of the year – 250+ employees while Version 1, Bank of Ireland and Valerie Hourigan of Investec Ireland were other finalists.

Bord Gáis Energy

Winner - HR/L&D team of the year – 250+ employees
Highly Commended - Best change management initiative

People Management Awards 2015 - Bord Gais

Announcing the sale of a business usually results in three things: falling morale, rising staff turnover and increased sickness absence. So the 11-strong HR team at Bord Gáis Energy (BGE) has every right to be proud of not only managing to reduce employee attrition (by 9 per cent), but also keeping a lid on absences and boosting engagement when the Irish utility business was sold to Centrica in 2014.

The sale, and the splitting of BGE into three businesses (requiring two further corporate restructurings), happened rapidly. But the team stepped up to create a new HR strategy, performance management systems, employee referral scheme, leadership development programme and CSR pillars. And the process of running TUPE transfers, communicating the change and managing different stakeholders.

“The HR department was, and is, unflappable, outgoing, up for a challenge and, above all, resilient,” says Eddy Collier, BGE’s CEO. “The HR team kept the union with us, had everyone happy with the TUPE results and hired excellent and very keen staff, and we had highly motivated employees with the highest engagement in the Centrica group. What’s not to like?”

Other Irish winners

Bank of Ireland

Highly Commended - Best learning and development initiative
Finalist - HR/L&D team of the year – 250+ employees

Version 1

Finalist - Best change management initiative

Valerie Hourigan, Investec Ireland

Finalist - Michael Kelly Outstaning student award - advanced level